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Re: Missile Silos "Power Failure"?

From: Carol Maltby <carolmaltby.nul>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:08:53 -0400
Archived: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:27:39 -0400
Subject: Re: Missile Silos "Power Failure"?

>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:36:09 -0700
>References: <>
>Subject: Missile Silos "Power Failure"?

>The Atlantic

>Oct 26 2010

>Power Failure Shuts Down Squadron Of Nuclear Missiles

>President Obama was briefed this morning on a power failure at
>F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that took 50 nuclear
>intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), one-ninth of the
>U.S. missile stockpile, temporarily offline on Saturday.

>The base is a main locus of the United States' strategic nuclear
>forces. The 90th Missile Wing, headquartered there, controls 150
>Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles.
>They're on full-time alert and are housed in a variety of
>bunkers across the base.

>On Saturday morning, according to people briefed on what
>happened, a squadron of ICBMs suddenly dropped down into what's
>known as "LF Down" status, meaning that the missileers in their
>bunkers could no longer communicate with the missiles
>themselves. LF Down status also means that various security
>protocols built into the missile delivery system, like intrusion
>alarms and warhead separation alarms, were offline.

>[More at site]

The site's been updated in a rather unusual way -- two instances
of the phrase "power failure" now show a strikeout on the word
power, showing that the information has changed. "Boeing E-6
NAOC 'Kneecap' aircraft" now has strikeouts through it. Can't
tell if the original phrase was "engineering power failure," but
is now "engineering failure." (Ed, did you happen to notice?)

They say "a launch control center computer (LCC), responsible
for a package of at least five missiles, usually ten of them,
began to "ping" out of sequence, resulting in a surge of "noise"
through the system. The LCCs interrogate each missile in
sequence, so if they begin to send signals out when they're not
supposed to, receivers on the missiles themselves will notice
this and send out error codes."


"According to the official, engineers discovered that similar
hardware failures had triggered a similar cascading failure 12
years ago at Minot AFB in North Dakota and Malmstrom AFB in
Montana. That piece of hardware is the prime suspect."

Carol Maltby

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